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Jul 20 11

On adoption of technology and missing pieces with Information Management

by Philip

I stumbled on a post by Brian Seitz comparing the difference between a system implementation aimed at information management, and the reality of whether that system actually did follow through. In this case, he highlighted SharePoint.

As Brian’s argument illustrates, without intent, design, or focus, ECM systems can compound your information management headaches. The tools for collaboration are wonderful, but they also make it easier to duplicate information. Without some governance, you end up responsible for more cleanup later.

Just as we should move blame  for our information clutter from the underlying technology, we should also be skeptical that a purchase will fix it. The relationship of people to their information is highly personal, and a human dimension is needed to improve andevolve it.

Sep 27 10

Privatized libraries as a metaphor for IM outsourcing

by Philip
Library Stacks

The New York Times reported that an increasing number of private companies are taking over Libraries in troubled (and now not-so-troubled) cities.

While the issue of public and private goods is causing debate, there is also a trend of the comodification of information fueling this discussion.

One organization managing another’s information is becoming common. The fact that it is happening with libraries just adds some emotional depth to the issue. Outsourcing of information management is happening more and more. Now we are starting to think about how that makes us feel.

We are very possessive of our information, since its both personally and logistically valuable.  But is our fear of off-sourcing our data fading the more we send information out into the world?

What do you think of this trend?

*Image courtesy of John Lillis.

Sep 25 10

Steven Johnson on creative ideas and connected minds

by Philip

Writer Steven Johnson did a wonderful lecture with supporting animation by the fine people at RSA.

The gist of the talk is that insights develop slowly. These ideas stew, uncompleted, until the missing piece can be found. When people are exposed to the musings of others, they are more likely to bring those ideas to completion.

This idea should take center stage in our increasingly connected world.

I’ve thought about this also, and I wonder if our access to information makes up for how specialized our knowledge has become.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments.

Note: You can also hear a longer version in Johnson’s TED Talk. Well worth the listen.